Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders
Release Date: 21st February 2017
Author: Hirohiko Araki
The first volume of Stardust Crusaders introduced us to the concept of Stands, spiritual powers which can do more than the Ripples of the past, our heroes, from Clint Eastwood inspired Jotaro to the fire loving tarot card reader Avdol, and the overall objective of reaching Dio in Egypt to save Holly, and the world whilst they are at it. With all the pieces in place, we can now enjoy what the series is really all about, Stands, glorious Stands.
The format of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure changed radically in Part 3, with the second Jojonium being an example of just what to expect from now on. The story takes a backseat, almost to the point of jumping out of the car completely, as Jojo and co. find themselves facing Stand user after Stand user, the vast majority of them being obstacles rather than plot relevant foes. In fact, aside from a little information on Polnareff’s (the French man with the tower of hair) reasons for joining the gang, the encounters here could be skipped with little lost to the overall plot.
Though skipping out on these battles would be missing out on all the fun. Shark punching, cherry licking, a porn reading Orangutan, and face cleaving are just some of the moments to enjoy within the second tome, with horror references a plenty included, from Child’s Play to Jaws.
Simplifying the story allows for self-contained scenarios, and each encounter varies significantly from the last. Stand by for the real bizarre.